|Khavn - Box [krd-002] - Khavn dela Cruz|
It begins with "He's the boxman, he can do anything," as artist Khavn rocks out on piano and vocals, backed by his minimal band of bass, guitar and drums. Both "Boxman" and "Hey Box" are upbeat pop numbers while the second track "Don't even know you name" is a sentimental love song for an unnamed object of affection. With a total run time of 6:36, this single is three tracks long. It is short, sweet and infectious pop that works because it doesn't pretend to be anything more than sugary carbohyd...
Keywords: avant pop; umbilicuspop; pop
|Khavn - Feel (Songs for the 4th Chakra) [krd-003] - Khavn dela Cruz|
Taking his theme from the wide palette of human emotions, Khavn strings together 12 songs that deal with various feelings and states of mind. Ranging from anger to love, envy to hate, and everything in between, "Feel" alternately rocks out, and soothes quietly. There are post-punk tunes, spoken word experiments, romantic ballads, and witty pop gems all rolled into this 35-minute extravaganza. The 4th chakra, located in our heart, governs our intuition and love...
Keywords: pop; avant pop; umbilicuspop; punk; rock; ballad
|Khavn - Dula [krd-001] - Khavn dela Cruz|
Piano instrumentals built around a single haunting theme and expressed in 4 different flavors: from straightforward neo-classical to dramatic 'battle' or 'chase scene' frenzy, to joyful and silly 3/4 waltz, before ending with a pop love song treatment."Dula" means "theater play" in Filipino. Artist /pianist Khavn is a full-fledged film director and multimedia artist in his own right who usually scores his own productions.
Keywords: instrumental; piano; neo-classical; pop; avant pop; soundtrack
|[krd-009] VIGO - BANG! - Khavn dela Cruz|
Vigo, the six member chamber jazz avant pop collective from Manila, take their name from Jean Vigo, the French filmmaker who died from tuberculosis in 1934 at age 29 leaving behinda mere two films. The associations between the band and the man have to do with how both are proprietors of certain modes of ardor and certain modes of insanity. Love and lunacy. And a little of that fierce romanticism that a life that ends before its time and as it's cresting...
Keywords: avant-pop; neo-jazz; jazz; vocals; band; acoustic; pop; indie
|[krd-008] Khavn - Unrequited - Khavn dela Cruz|
Another homemade demo album of heartbreaking acoustic avant-pop. Consider this a collection of love songs for the bitter, the pathetic and the unrequited. In "My Anima" Khavn sings "it's pathetic, you're just a dream/ like this life I'm living" and he captures the essence of this album: a constant and nagging unobtainability which has been put on a pedestal and adored as a badge of honor, emotional pain as an undeniable proof of existence...
Keywords: avant-pop; emo; guitar; vocals; piano; acoustic; pop; indie
|[krd-004] Khavn - Pianos Everywhere - Khavn dela Cruz|
Ironically, for a release entitled "Pianos Everywhere," half if its songs are done on solo guitar, and the other half on solo acoustic piano. And what songs these be. Angsty, emotional, sentimental Avant-Pop. Beginning with the multiharmonic radio-friendly "Angel" Khavn unleashes acoustic bittersweet emotions set to solo piano. Even solo guitar + voice tunes like "She Doesn't Have a Heart" betray more spirit than Khavn's imperfect singing voice can exude...
Keywords: avantpop; pop; folk; acoustic; piano; guitar
|[krd-010] Khavn - Mondomanila - Khavn De La Cruz|
This is the 13-song soundtrack to the independent film "MONDOMANILA Or: How I Fixed My Hair After A Rather Long Journey," featuring songs composed, performed and produced by the director Khavn De La Cruz with the help of electronica producer Malek Lopez and a handful of guest artists and co-writers (Ogo X, Norman Wilwayco, Lourd De Veyra, Pennie Azarcon Dela Cruz). The album opener explains the schizophrenia of the entire project (and exposes the inconsistency of Manila as a city, in general) by...
Keywords: indie pop; pop; avantpop; umbilicuspop; Philippines; Manila; Khavn; film soundtrack; OST